I’m a bit concerned what returning back to the US will be like for me. I’ve been in Europe for 2 ½ months, and have adjusted quite well to living that life.
Things I haven’t missed:
– My cell phone: I don’t even remember what it sounds like when it rings. I haven’t been tied to it, or wondering where it is when I leave the house, etc. What a freeing feeling that has been! – Being on the go: I have been somewhat the past 3 weeks with Ajith, but overall this trip has been super relaxing.
– Processed foods: It’s still amazing to me how fresh and tasty foods in Europe are. I know this will be something that I will try to keep up with, but know it will be challenging.
– Seattle and the life I had there
– The loudness of America. I know that sounds weird, but in general I’ve noticed other cultures are more quiet and reserved. Specifically, the airport in Munich was insanely quiet, and I remember this also from the last layover in Germany I had a few years back. It really demonstrated how loud Americans are in general, especially the airports.
Things I have missed (yes, I’m going to sound high maintenance):
– A large shower with good water pressure (though I’ve been lucky recently and have had good showers in hotels)
– Shaving my legs regularly (see above)
– Using my own hair dryer
– Doing laundry in (1 ½ hours) with a dryer!
– Getting my eye brows waxed. I always feel fresh and clean when I do this for some reason.
– Cooking at home
– My cat, Snickers (though I don’t get to see her until Dec. 27 when I arrive back in Seattle)
– Earning money (rather than spending it)
– American holidays and the seasons. I love fall, and missed all the fun that comes during that time of year (Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino from Starbuck’s), Halloween, the cooling of the weather, the ‘fall’ smell in stores
– The big chain stores like Target. Yes, it’s in the things I didn’t miss, but it also made this list because I realize how convenient they are, and how accessible things are.
Things I will miss:
– Being carefree without thinking twice
– Eating pasta daily (just because I was in Italy I felt obligated to!)
– Peach Iced Tea*
– Kinder Bueno*
*Note I didn’t eat these things all that often, but when I did, I really enjoyed them!
– Speaking and hearing the Italian language daily
– Being a student. That may sound weird, but there is something I miss about it. I don’t have any desire to move forward with any further education (my Master’s is enough) but it was a nice change to be on the flip side.
– The warm, sunny Mediterranean weather
– Riding public transportation. It was a fun change and challenge for me trying to figure out where to go and how to go. I like also seeing a variety of people who ride it.– The morning call to prayer in Istanbul. It let me know what time it was, and signaled I should get up
– Being surrounded by so many different cultures all at once.